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    by Jeremiah Clay Nealfrom the book by Dan Gutmandirected by Ernie Nolan

    produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois

    teacher guide prepared by Hannah Greenspan, Elizabeth Hampson, Levi Jacobson, and Allegra Larson


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  • Letter to Teachers ....................................................................... 3Letter to Students ........................................................................ 4What to Watch For & Synopsis ................................................... 5Meet the Playwright!................................................................... 6Raise Your Hand If & The Power of Responsibility .................... 7Whats a Musical? ....................................................................... 8You Cant Do Everything On Your Own ................................... 8Good Vibes Only! ........................................................................ 9Create Your Own Campaign Poster .................................10-11Electoral Equations ................................................................... 12International Government ..................................................13-14The Constitution and Amendments ........................................ 15Create Your Own Amendment! .............................................. 16Save Your Pennies! & Dont Be Afraid to Be You! ................. 17Star-Spangled Snack ................................................................ 18Final Assessment Debate! ..................................................... 18Webliography & Answer Key ................................................... 19Season Schedule....................................................................... 20

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    Dramaturgy:Hannah Greenspan Elizabeth Hampson

    Levi JacobsonAllegra Larson

    Dramaturgy Advisor:Ernie Nolan

    Faculty/Staff Editors:David Keohane

    Ernie Nolan Laura Rice

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    Welcome, Teachers!

    Thank you for coming to see The Kid Who Ran For President, and for bringing your students with you! This musical is based on a combination of two books by Dan Gutman: The Kid Who Ran For President and The Kid Who Became President. It was adapted for the stage by playwright and composer Jeremiah Clay Neal and is directed by Ernie Nolan.

    This guide is designed to help you and your students bring this musical to life. You will find themes and activities that will help you discuss the production in class after you see it. You will also find Illinois Learning Standards throughout the guide that connect the activities and curriculum connections to what you are teaching in your classroom right now!

    Keep your eye out for:

    Congressional Concepts: Thematic Information Supreme Studies: Curriculum Connections and Learning Exercises

    Presidential Projects: Activities and Projects

    (Dont worry, well teach them about the branches of government, too!)

    Remember, your students are the future leaders of the world. Who knows? One of them may become President one day. Its up to you to prepare them well.


    President Judson Moon

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    Hey future voters!

    I would like to welcome you to DePauls Merle Reskin Theatre and the Chicago Playworks production of The Kid Who Ran for President! This play was adapted by playwright Jeremiah Clay Neal from the book series by author Dan Gutman and is directed by Ernie Nolan. We have a crazy campaign ahead of us, so first I must fill you in on a few rules and regulations that will help to assure your place in this presidential race!

    In order to get this race off to a clean start, imagine that the theatre is your own oval office this is the office that the president of the YOU-nited states works in! Make every attempt to respect the actors onstage, as well as yourfellow audience members, by refraining from chatting with your neighbor during the play. And although your seat in the theatre may not look like a desk, be sure to sit in it properly, ready to lead the people and tackle any task thrown your way!

    In order to keep the Secret Service at bay, please be sure to turn off your cell phones and refrain from taking any photos during the show. Instead, try to capture photos of your favorite moments of the play with your mind so you can recall them whenever you want!

    Finally, we try to keep our theatre clean, just as the staff at the White House tries to keep the presidents home nice and tidy. In order to make sure this happens, please leave any gum, food or drink outside of the theatre.

    If you remember to follow all of these guidelines, youll show the world that kids can be responsibile enough to run the YOU-nited states!

    Judson Moon, signing off!

    -President Judson Moon

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    In our government, we have three different types of jobs. These can be seen in this teacher guide by the different categories: Congressional Concepts, Supreme Studies, and Presidential Projects. Congressional Concepts are based on the Legislative Branch of the government. The Congress is made up of people who write laws! Supreme Studies is based on the Judicial Branch of the government: judges who look at laws and think about whether they follow our Constitution or not. The Supreme Court is part of that process! Finally, the Executive Branch inspired our theme of Presidential Projects. The President carries out the laws and makes sure they are followed!

    What to Watch For:

    Congressional Concepts:Synopsis of The Kid Who Ran For President

    Judson Moon, known to his friends as Moon, is an average twelve-year-old boy who goofs off in school and plays video games. Inspired by his best friend, Lane Brainard, Moon gets the idea to change the laws of our country and run for the president of the YOU-nited States!

    But Judson Moon cant do it alone. First, he recruits June Syers, his former babysitter to become his running mate. Next, he creates a lemonade stand to raise funds for his campaign. Then, he even gets to be Chelsea Daniels first babe! Just when it looks like Moon might do the impossible, Pete Guerra from Channel 3 News uncovers a campaign scandal that could ruin and destroy Moons White House hopes.

    Will Moon do the impossible by becoming the next leader of the free world? And will politics ever be the same again after Judson shoots for the Moon?

  • Dramaturg Elizabeth Hampson chats with playwright and composer of The Kid Who Ran for President, Jeremiah Clay, to find answers to some intriguing questions.

    What inspired you to write an adaptation of these books?I was definitely inspired by the voice of the author Dan Gutman. I thought the playful humor in his writing style would fit well with my style of writing. I really needed his blessing for the project, so I wrote a couple tunes and sent them his way. At the time there were a few others bidding for the rights for a play, but he liked the tunes, and we were allowed to proceed.

    Can you tell us a little bit more about the process of adaptation?I must have read those books 10 times each... some sections more than others. I tried to make an outline of major plot points, specifically where I thought a song couldhelp tell the story. The first draft must have been 200 pages. It was way too long! Itwas then a process of cutting and trying to turn 3 pages of dialogue into one. Thesecond draft was still too long and had too many characters. I had to try to findcreative ways to skip forward in the story.

    How long did it take you to write the play?It took 6 months.

    What was it like seeing the written play translated to the stage?It was magical. The hardest part is letting the play go and really handing it over tothe director and designers to bring it to life. I always want to have a say in this part ofthe process, mostly because Ive been spending so much time thinking about theplay that I have clear images in my head of what I think it should look like. But its good to take a step back and let other brilliant people add their visions to the work, and then the show can breathe.


    Supreme Studies:Meet the Playwright!

    The Daily NewsM a s t e r p i e c e, C r i t i c s s a y !

    Playwright Jeremiah Clay

  • Illinois Learning Standards: Social Science SS.CV.1.K. Describe roles and responsibilities of people in authority. Social Science SS.CV.1.1. Explain how all people, not just official leaders, play important roles in a community.


    Congressional Concepts:Raise Your Hand If...

    Raise Your Hand If is a game that can help students understand and unpack themes and events throughout the play in relation to their own lives. This game can be played before or after the play!

    How to play: The instructor will begin by reading one of the statements listed below. If students agree, relate or find that the prompt is true to their life, he or she should raise a hand. Students can then be asked to share their stories and experiences with the class.

    Raise Your Hand If... . you have ever wanted to run for president. . you have used your voice to change something. . you have ever voted for something. . you did something you werent sure you could do. . you have had to make a difficult decision. . you have gathered a team together to achieve a goal. . you have raised money for something. . you have a best friend. . you think of yourself as a leader. . you think of yourself as a follower.

    Everyone likes being in charge, but being in charge carries responsibility. Teachers are responsible for their students education, parents are responsible for your well being, and doctors are responsible for your health. As adults in our lives, they understand that these roles require a set of obligations. Because of this, we all count on these people. As a kid, Judson Moon in The Kid Who Ran For President takes on big responsibility early. And in this case, the whole country counts on him! Judson soon learns that when you are a leader, people depend on you.

    Congressional Concepts:The Power of Responsibility

    Questions: What are some of the things that youre responsible for? Who do you count on in your life? What are some professions that require responsibility?

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    Illinois Learning Standards: Fine Arts Goal 27 B. Understand how the arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life. Fine Arts 27.B.1 Know how images, sounds and movement convey stories about people, places and times.

    Whats a Musical?

    A musical is a theatre piece that combines dialogue, singing, and dancing to tell a story. This musical, The Kid Who Ran for President, was adapted from the book of the same name, written by Dan Gutman. Musicals are different from plays because characters sing when words alone are not enough to convey everything they are thinking and feeling. Music and dialogue share equal importance in a musical. Popular musicals include The Lion King, Mary Poppins, and The Color Purple. Recently, rap has been integrated into theatrical musicals. The most popular examples are Lin-Manuel Mirandas In the Heights (2008) and Hamilton: An American Musical (2015).

    Congressional Concepts:You Cant Do Everything On Your Own

    As we grow up, we have more freedom and ability to make our own choices. Sometimes we can do this on our own, but sometimes we need other people to help us! Good friends are always happy to help, even when were not quite sure what we need. It can be hard to be a good friend, but it can be even harder to see how our friends are good to us.

    In The Kid Who Ran For President, Judson has lots of friends who influence whether or not he should become the first kid president. When Judson first thinks about running for President, his best friend Lane is the one who actually helps him go for it! Judson makes ultimate decisions for himself, but his friends help to encourage him along the way. After all, without his friends, he couldnt have become President of the United States!

    Questions: How are you a good friend to those around you? When have you felt supported by one of your friends?

    Congressional Concepts:

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    Illinois Learning Standards: Science 1-PS4-1.Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.

    How do we hear sound? Vibrations! Vibrations are energy waves that move to and fro steadily. They are responsible for the sounds that we hear. Vibrations can also travel through different mediums and affect different senses. Sometimes you can feel a vibration in your feet when something heavy is dropped and makes a loud thud. Humming is another great example of vibrations creating a sound. Check out the diagram below to see just how these vibrations (sounds waves) travel through your ear!

    When you sing, your vocal chords vibrate and that vibration travels all the way to your lips. Thats why they may buzz! Singing is just like humming, except we are able to use the vibrations to make words as well as sounds. We can communicate our thoughts and feelings through these vibrations. Keep on vibing!

    Supreme Studies:Good Vibes Only!

    What are some objects in your everyday lives that make vibrations other than your voice? (Think of appliances around your house!)

    If slow vibrations make lower-sounding sounds, then what sounds do fast vibrations make? Why do you think this is?

    Name some musical instruments you know about. What kind of sounds do they make? Where do you think the vibration is coming from?

    On a separate sheet of paper, brainstorm some possible answers to the questions below. Then compare your answers with a classmate!

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    Illinois Learning Standards: Social Science SS.CV.2.2. Describe how communities work to accomplish common tasks, establish responsibilities, and fulfill roles of authority. Social Science SS.CV.3.4. Identify core civic virtues (such as honesty, mutual respect, cooperation, and attentiveness to multiple perspectives) and democratic principles (such as equality, freedom, liberty, respect for individual rights).

    Presidential Projects:Create Your Own Campaign Poster!

    In order to gain support from the people, Judson creates a campaign poster. A campaign poster is very important for any election because it helps voters identify an image of who you are. An iconic campaign poster was created when Barack Obama ran for president of the YOU-nited States in 2008. Successful campaign posters usually include the name of the candidate, the year that they are running in, sleek design, and their catch phrase.

    John F. KennedyUnited States President

    from 1961-1963

    Barack ObamaUnited States President

    from 2009-2017

    Jimmy CarterUnited States President

    from 1977-1981

    Theodore Roosevelt United States President

    from 1901-1909

    Shirley Chisholm Presidental Candidate

    in 1972

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    Illinois Learning Standards: Fine Arts 26.B.1d. Visual Arts. Demonstrate knowledge and skills to create visual works of art using manipulation, eyehand coordination, building and imagination. Fine Arts 26.B.2d. Visual Arts. Demonstrate knowledge and skills to create works of visual art using problem solving, observing, designing, sketching and constructing.

    In the space provided below, create your own campaign poster! Be sure to think about the ways our past presidents attempted to win the peoples votes! Was it a stunning graphic? A beautiful headshot? Or a super catchy slogan?

    Maybe all three! Put your creativity to the test, and decide for yourself!

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    Illinois Learning Standards: Social Science SS.CV.3.3. Compare procedures for making decisions in the classroom, school, and community. Social Science SS.CV.2.4. Explain how a democracy relies on peoples responsible participation, and draw implications for how individuals should participate.

    Supreme Studies:Electoral Equations

    The Electoral College is a group of 538 people, known as electors, that help elect the president and vice president of our country every 4 years. Electors are chosen by political parties who nominate them at their state conventions. These electors are either state officials, party leaders or people who have connections with the candidates. When voters go to the polls on Election Day, they will select a candidate for president and vice president. In 48 states, the candidate who wins the majority of these votes, wins that specific states electoral votes. This is called the winner-takes-all system.

    This map shows the number of votes given to each state in the Presidental election. Use these numbers and your superb math skills to solve the word problems below!

    1. If Judson Moon has electoral votes from California and Kentucky, how many electoral votes will he have?

    2. How many votes will Judson have if he wins all electoral votes except those from Montana?

    3. If Judson has votes from Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington D.C., how many votes will he have?

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    Illinois Learning Standards: Social Science SS.CV. 1.2. Explain what governments are and some of their functions.Social Science SS.CV.1.4. Distinguish the responsibilities and powers of government officials at the local, state, and national levels.

    Supreme Studies:International Government

    Different countries have different types of government. The type of government depends on who the leaders are and how they are chosen. A cool thing about these seven different types of government is that a country doesnt just have to be one! For example, the United States is a democratic republic. That means we have elected leaders (like the President), but we also have direct democracy (majority wins) votes in some cases.

    DEMOCRACYThis government is By the people, for the people. Everyone who can vote has a say in what happens in the country, and ordinary citizens can run for office!

    DICTATORSHIPOne person is in charge, and he or she has a lot of power. The leader may or may not be elected and may use force or

    violence to stay in control.

    ANARCHYThere is no government! Anarchy sometimes happens after a war when different groups try to gain power.

    MONARCHYThere is a king or queen who is in charge, and sometimes has absolute power. Unlike a dictatorship, the monarch gained power through their family.

    THEOCRACYThe leaders of a religion are in charge, and claim that they act on behalf of religious ideas or their deity.

    TOTALITARIANThis is a country where one political party (people with similar ideas about how a country should be run) rules. They may control the country by force.

    REPUBLICThere is one leader, like a monarchy or dictatorship, but the leader is elected by the people. The United States is a republic because we elect a President every four years.

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    Illinois Learning Standards: Social Science SS.IS.3.K-2. Gather information from one or two sources with guidance and support from adults and/or peers. Social Science SS.IS.4.3-5. Gather relevant information and distinguish among fact and opinion to determine credibility of multiple sources.

    Exercise: Find out what government each country has and match it with the correct answer! Make sure that you match the entire name of the type of government.

    Hint: Communism can also fall under the category of dictatorship.

    Presidental Repulblic

    Parliamentary Republic

    Democratic Republic

    Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

    Presidential Republic

    Absolute Monarchy

    Theocratic Republic

    Communist State (Republic)

    Federal Presidential


    Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

    United States






    South Africa



    The Vatican

    > Democratic Republic2. Denmark >> Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy3. Iran >> Theocratic Republic4. Japan >> Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy5. China >>Communist State (Republic)6. Turkey >> Parliamentary Republic7. South Africa >> Parliamentary Republic8. Nigeria >> Federal Presidential Republic9. The Vatican >> Absolute Monarchy

    Final Assessment Debate! (p. 18)1. News Anchor for channel 32. Lemonade3. Playing video games4. It allowed the age of those who run for president to be younger5. Democracy, dictatorship, monarchy, theocracy, totalitarian, republic, anarchy6. 107-10. Answers will vary.

    The Electoral College The Constitution and Ammendments

    Hearing and Sound

  • 2016-2017 Chicago Playworks Seasonat DePauls Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo Drive, Chicago

    The Kid Who Ran for Presidentby Jeremiah Clay Neal, from the book by Dan Gutmandirected by Ernie Nolanrecommended for ages 6 and upOctober 6 - November 12, 2016

    Tuesdays at 10 a.m.: 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8 Thursdays at 10 a.m.: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20**, 10/27, 11/3^, 11/10 Fridays at 10 a.m.: 10/21, 11/4+Saturdays at 2 p.m.: 10/8, 10/22, 10/29**, 11/5+, 11/12; Sunday at 2 p.m.: 10/16

    Night Runnerby Ike Holterdirected by Lisa Portesrecommended for ages 9 and upJanuary 12 - February 18, 2017

    Tuesdays at 10 a.m.: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/9, 2/16 Thursdays at 10 a.m.: 1/12, 1/19, 1/26**, 2/2, 2/9^, 2/16 Fridays at 10 a.m.: 2/3, 2/10+Saturdays at 2 p.m.: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/11+, 2/18; Sunday at 2 p.m.: 2/5**

    Cinderella: the Remixbook and lyrics by Psalmayene 24, music by Nick tha 1Dadirected by Coya Pazrecommended for ages 5 & upApril 20 - May 27, 2017 Tuesdays at 10 a.m.: 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23 Thursdays at 10 a.m.: 4/20, 4/27, 5/4^, 5/18**, 5/25 Fridays at 10 a.m.: 4/28, 5/12Saturdays at 2 p.m.: 4/22, 4/29, 5/6**, 5/13 ~, 5/27; Sunday at 2 p.m.: 5/21+

    +ASL/American Sign Language Interpreting **Post-Show Discussion ^Audio Described Performance ~ Sensory Friendly Performance


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